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 Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

FROM THE CHANCELLOR


Stressed Out?

There's a Bob Dylan song, "The Times They Are A-Changin'." Certainly, change is in the air here on the Boulder campus—good change. Several searches are underway for leadership positions. New buildings are in various stages of construction. Committees are developing initiatives for our future successes. Most everyone is working non-stop to get things done. How are you holding up?

Even good change can be stressful. If you work more than 40 hours per week, wake up at night with another item for your to-do list, program CU voice mail into your speed dial or check your CU e-mail on the weekends, you may be experiencing work-related stress. That's not unusual during times of change. However, it is a concern - I value the work you do for CU-Boulder, but your health and well-being are of utmost importance.

We all want to live long and prosper, but I've noticed that it's not always as easy as it sounds. Sometimes it seems, as Mark Twain wrote, "the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not." I'm continually working on my fitness goals. As a rule, I try to exercise and eat right and some days are better than others. I find the key is cultivating good habits, step by step—like passing on dessert and taking a walk with my wife, Yvonne.

I heard that folks over in the ARC building on East Campus are taking a virtual trek in "Walk Across Colorado." It's a six-week pilot program that involves teams using pedometers to monitor daily walking activity. They get weekly motivational e-mails and fun prizes. It's sponsored by Payroll & Benefit Services, and next year they're hoping to extend it throughout the Boulder campus. In the meantime, maybe you'll decide to organize a group in your area to engage in a fitness activity.

If the stress begins to get to you, remember there are several free and fee-based campus services available to help you cope, such as the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, the Wellness Committee in Human Resources, Wardenburg Health Center and Recreation Services. There are also a variety of activities sponsored by departments, as well as preventive care programs offered by health insurance providers. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities whenever possible—for your own health and happiness, for your family and friends who love you, and for your colleagues here at CU who value your contributions. Take care of yourself.


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